Sunday, July 29, 2012

Windows 8 - Do You Need It?

End of October will bring the introduction of Windows 8. The "new factor" seems to be intriguing to some people.

All Windows XP computers and some early Windows Vista computers are reaching the limits of their useful lifetime or even are outright beginning to fail. I always try to get the customer to compare the cost of a repair to the cost of a new computer. New computers generally are in every technical aspect a multiple of what a computer built for Windows XP was.

Whenever I have to talk to a customer about a new computer I am asked "Should I wait for Windows 8?".

 My current reply is usually along the lines of
  • Currently you can get reasonably priced computers with Windows 7.
  • Windows 7 IMHO is the best operating system Microsoft has ever released.
  • Windows 8 and it's Metro user interface is meant and built primarily for touch enabled devices.
  • You will have to re-learn many things that have become habitually
  • I rather recommend to stay away from the bleeding edge of technical developments.
  • Using a repaired (older) Windows XP computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8 is like attempting to keep up in Chicago's rush hour traffic with a Ford Model T.
I know that you will be able to use Windows 7 at least until January 2020. Yes, Microsoft has firm life cycle schedules available. If you look at these schedules you need to look at the "end of support" dates. In Microsoft's own words:
End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.
That is the date relevant for the average home user! After that date nobody will want to help you with the "old" operating system anymore.


If there is any reason to currently think about possibly a new computer please think Windows 7!

If you are confused by the huge number of options out there and/or if you can't stand the quite often incredibly snotty sales people (for example but not only at Best Buy) then please ask me for advice. All my customers have my email address, my phone number and even my postal address. Or you can use the link way at the end of every single article on this blog; it looks like this: Click to send me an Email

As with any and all brand name computers I strongly recommend my Set-Up job. The customers that had me do the set-up job are those I don't hear from for years; that's how I want it to be!

As usual I welcome comments and suggestions right here in the blog. Thank you in advance.

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